REVIEW: NAFEESA HAMID’S ‘BESHARAM’

REVIEW: NAFEESA HAMID’S ‘BESHARAM’

Reviewed by Stella Backhouse What intrigues me most about Nafeesa Hamid’s début collection Besharam (One who is shameless) is the innovative way she uses language and imagery to express her conflicted relationship with her body. Innocence was snatched from Hamid in the most brutal way. Abducted from outside her Birmingham home at the age of nine, she was driven around the city in the back of a stranger’s car, subjected to sexual assault and finally dumped on a nearby street hours later. Besharam is, in part, a reflection on the enduring legacy of this shattering event. […]

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INTERVIEW: HCE MEETS USAAMA MINHAS

INTERVIEW: HCE MEETS USAAMA MINHAS

AN INTERVIEW WITH USAAMA MINHAS By Prabhjot Kaur     Usaama Minhas is a poet and MC based in London. He started writing in his teens whilst going to school in Boston (Lincolnshire, UK) before leaving to spend a year at an actor training conservatory for...

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SPECIAL GUEST REVIEW: BILLY LIAR

SPECIAL GUEST REVIEW: BILLY LIAR

SPECIAL GUEST REVIEW: BILLY LIAR   This August marks sixty years since the publication of Billy Liar, Keith Waterhouse's much-loved novel of inter-generational strife. Here, guest reviewer Stella Backhouse reassesses the book and asks whether it still has any...

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REVIEW: JAMIE THRASIVOULOU’S ‘THE BEST OF A BAD SITUATION’

REVIEW: JAMIE THRASIVOULOU’S ‘THE BEST OF A BAD SITUATION’

In his debut collection The Best of a Bad Situation (2017), Derby poet Jamie Thrasivoulou challenges these patronising assumptions, arguing that they are a luxury affordable only to those whose options are not restricted by poverty, inadequate housing, Universal Credit and negative stereotyping. His mission is to expose the parallel logic […]

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS ASH DICKINSON

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS ASH DICKINSON

Ash Dickinson is a multiple slam champion – including Edinburgh, Cheltenham and BBC Radio. He has performed all over the world, and headlined many shows and festivals throughout the UK. The first book ever published by Burning Eye Books was Ash’s debut collection Slinky Espadrilles – they loved it so much, they started a publishing company to get it out there! His second collection, Strange Keys […]

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS ROY MCFARLANE

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS ROY MCFARLANE

We first met Roy at the Big Comfy Lit Fest in 2016, where the audience loved him and his performance, so we were delighted to welcome him back for Fire & Dust in May. After the gig, we caught up with our special guest to ask a few questions…

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS MATT DUGGAN

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS MATT DUGGAN

In June 2019, Matt Duggan travelled from Bristol to be our Fire & Dust headline poet and treat us to the first ever live reading from Woodworm. We caught up with him after the event, to ask a few questions…

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INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS DWANE READS

INTERVIEW: FIRE & DUST MEETS DWANE READS

Based in Derby, Dwane Reads has been kicking around in different artistic guises since 1985. A member of the DIY Poets in Nottingham, and the 2017 winner of the Derby Poetry Festival competition, Dwane is educated in Fine Art, has trained as a teacher, and plans to keep writing and performing his work. He has published several books, including ‘The Annoying Megaphone Pigeon’ (2013) and ‘Slogans Soundbites & Poetry’ (2017). […]

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SABOTEUR AWARDS 2019

SABOTEUR AWARDS 2019

As you remember, we were chuffed when our monthly poetry event in Coventry, Fire & Dust, was shortlisted for Best Spoken Word Night (2018). This year, what we’d really love is for Here Comes Everyone to be put on the map by being shortlisted for – or, even better, winning! – Best Magazine. To do this, we need your help. It’s time to vote again […]

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REVIEW: JO BELL’S ‘KITH’

REVIEW: JO BELL’S ‘KITH’

Each of us speaks our chosen language most clearly, Bell suggests, when we are in the element that suits us best – it is this, perhaps, that is our true kith. A boat in dry dock is “A welded tongue; she’s fluent wet/and dumbstruck dry”; in Lancashire, brass bands play “music turned on lathes…borrowed songs, but spoken in our tongue”. Language transcends mere words. It […]

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